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How real explosions are made for movies and TV

Rowley SFX specialise in explosive effects, and have worked on the BBC’s “Peaky Blinders” as well as Netflix’s “The Stranger.” We visited them at their workshop just outside of Leeds in the north of England. More and more movies rely on visual effects to create impressive explosions, but companies like […]
How real explosions are made for movies and TV
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An Explosives Expert Rates More Unrealistic Movie Explosions

Hollywood loves ridiculous explosions – and movie stars usually walk away from them unscathed. We had Columbia University explosives engineer Rodger Cornell rate five more explosion scenes from action movies to tell how realistic these scenes are. This time, Rodger looked at scenes from “The Rundown,” “No Country for Old […]
An Explosives Expert Rates More Unrealistic Movie Explosions
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The fascinating chemistry that goes into a fireworks display

The fireworks you enjoy every 4th of July are the result of a chain of chemical reactions. When a firework container is lit, its contents of coloured explosives called “stars” light up the sky. The colours that sparkle in the sky are chemical reactions happening right before your eyes. The […]
The fascinating chemistry that goes into a fireworks display
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Watch NASA fire its most powerful rocket engine ever

VIDEO: NASA has released video of their new rocket thruster for its space launch system. The footage shows the thruster through a special camera NASA calls its "Revolutionary High-Speed, High Dynamic Range Camera." It allows engineers to study the rocket's plume and search for possible flaws.
Watch NASA fire its most powerful rocket engine ever
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